Can the Commodores find their stroke in time to prevent a midseason tailspin from turning into a death spiral?
Vanderbilt has lost four straight games to teams ranging from excellent (Kentucky) to subpar (Mississippi State) and now sit at 11-7. A 1-0 start to league play has now developed into a spot in the SEC's basement. Their RPI has fallen by ~20 spots as a result - but a big win on Saturday could change all that.
LSU won't make a turnaround easy. The Tigers are coming off of a decisive 79-61 win over Florida in the O-Dome - an impressive feat even during the middle of a Gator rebuild. They'll also have a sea of big men waiting for Damian Jones, James Siakam, and Luke Kornet in the frontcourt. LSU has seven players listed at 6'8" or taller, including constant double-double threats Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey.
LSU will bring plenty of All-SEC caliber talent to Memorial Gym, but they'll have to overcome Vandy's young depth to leave with a win. Will the Commodores avoid a fifth straight loss? Let's take a closer look.
|G -||Shelton Mitchell||5.1||2.6||4.2|
|G -||Riley LaChance||13.4||3.2||2.4|
|F -||Jeff Roberson||4.3||3.2||0.9|
|F -||James Siakam||9.0||5.4||0.6|
|C -||Damian Jones||15.7||7.2||1.0|
|G -||Wade Baldwin IV||6.7||3.8||4.3|
|G/F -||Matthew Fisher-Davis||6.5||2.1||0.9|
|F -||Luke Kornet||8.1||4.0||0.7|
|G -||Josh Gray||9.6||2.7||4.9|
|G -||Keith Hornsby||12.5||4.6||2.3|
|F -||Jarell Martin||16.9||8.8||1.9|
|F -||Jordan Mickey||15.5||10.6||1.8|
|C -||Darcy Malone||1.3||1.0||0.3|
|G -||Tim Quarterman||12.1||5.6||3.5|
|G -||Jalyn Patterson||5.2||1.8||1.7|
|F -||Brian Bridgewater||2.6||1.0||0.3|